How to Neutralize the Smell of Dog Urine in a Kennel

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How to Neutralize the Smell of Dog Urine in a Kennel
Keeping your kennel clean helps prevent illness. (dog image by Michal Tudek from

A dog kennel provides an environment that houses from one to many dogs, depending on the size of the kennel and use of the kennel. For instance, some business owners provide kennel services for outside dogs. Since dogs often stay in the kennel both night and day, odour is sometimes an issue. However, having a dog kennel comes with the responsibility of maintaining the dog urine smell or odour and providing a healthy environment for the dogs.

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Things you need

  • Vinegar
  • Peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrub brush

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  1. 1

    Remove the dog from the kennel you are cleaning. This allows you to clean the kennel without having to work around it.

  2. 2

    Spray cold water on the kennel floor and remove any standing urine. Place a spray nozzle on the end of your water hose that increases the water pressure and makes cleaning easier.

  3. 3

    Combine 1 cup of white vinegar and 3 cups of water in a plastic container. White vinegar naturally stops the enzymes and ammonia in dog urine that cause it to smell. Additionally, it is safe for use around dogs.

  4. 4

    Spray or pour the vinegar mixture on the kennel floors. Let the mixture sit on the floor until the area is dry. If the kennel still smells, reapply the mixture until it neutralises the urine odour.

  5. 5

    Mix 2 to 3 drops of dish-washing liquid with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle or container. Apply this mixture to any remaining urine spots.

  6. 6

    Place baking soda over stubborn urine spots. Use the peroxide mixture and form a paste. Scrub the area and allow it to dry. Rinse the entire kennel floor with cold water.

Tips and warnings

  • Complete this process two or three times a month to prevent urine odour.

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